Contributed content by the Illinois Senate Democrats.
BUNKER HILL – Under the state’s new modified Stay at Home Order that went into effect today, 60 state parks and historic sites in Illinois are now open for recreational outdoor activities, including Beaver Dam State Park.
Last week, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released an initial list of just 25 parks that were set to open. Concerned about the absence of parks within a reasonable travel distance for families in Macoupin and surrounding counties, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and other downstate legislators asked the Department of Natural Resources and Governor JB Pritzker to include Beaver Dam State Park.
The Pritzker administration today announced it amended the new Stay at Home Order to include Beaver Dam among 35 parks added to the initial list published by IDNR.
“Outdoor recreation is among the healthiest ways to cope with the uncertainty and ease the restlessness that many are experiencing right now. Our family is struggling at times with the Stay at Home Order—especially our three children. Getting outdoors helps them,” Manar said. “I appreciate IDNR and the governor taking into consideration my suggestions for reopening Beaver Dam State Park in Macoupin County.”
Provided that they follow social distancing guidelines, guests will be allowed to engage in activities at reopened state parks such as boating in groups of no more than two, wildlife observation, hiking, biking, horse riding, and fishing.
All visitor centers, campgrounds, playgrounds, shelter reservations, interpretive educational programs, beaches, special events and concessions will remain closed. Manar said he believes the next phase of opening will include additional parks and camping on a limited basis.
A full list of parks that reopen today, as well as social distancing guidelines for guests can be found here.